THE newspaper circulation war has moved to the courts with the Oriental Press Group issuing a writ against Next Magazine. The group, which has two daily newspapers, two Chinese magazines and a horse racing journal, and chairman Ma Ching-kwan filed a High Court writ on Friday, over an article in Next Magazine about the Oriental Daily News' price cut last Saturday. Next Magazine is owned by Jimmy Lai Chee-ying who publishes Apple Daily, a rival of the Oriental Daily News. The writ said the cover story of the latest issue of Next Magazine implied a corrupt and improper commercial motive behind the recent cut in Oriental Daily News' retail price, from $5 to $2. It said Mr Ma's character and the reputation of the management of the group had been brought into public scandal, odium and contempt. The company and Mr Ma are suing Next, chief editor Cheung Kim-hung and printer Toppan for damages and costs, and have applied for a permanent injunction to restrain further publication or distribution of the story. From December to April, Oriental Press filed writs over seven articles in Next Magazine and Easyfinder, another weekly published by the magazine group. In November, an injunction was granted restraining Next from further publishing two stories.